Though he played his final season of high school football at Florida powerhouse IMG Academy, Ohio State four-star cornerback commit Marcus Williamson is originally from Westerville - roughly 25 minutes from the Buckeyes' campus.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder was one of the most sought-after prospects in the Midwest when he committed in April 2015, but felt the change of scenery would help him better prepare for college.
Williamson recorded 36 total tackles, two fumbles recoveries and one interception during his senior year to help the Ascenders to their second-consecutive undefeated season. He also played in the Under Armour All-America Game earlier this month alongside teammate and fellow early enrollee Isaiah Pryor, and made two tackles in Team Armour's 24-21 win over Team Highlight.
Williamson enrolled in classes at Ohio State on Monday, but not before he penned the following letter about his experience in the all-star game:
Going to the [Under Armour] Future 50 last year, I got a pretty good understanding of what participating in the Under Armour All-America would entail. I did not, however, anticipate how big of an honor participating in the game would be for my family and I.
Young football players dream of being an All-American. Older football players wish they had the opportunity to be recognized as one of the best in the country. It truly is a humbling experience, and having almost three dozen family members and friends there to support me made it that much more special.
Speaking football specifically, the week was a great experience.
The opportunity to enhance your skills and learn from some of the greats like coach Herm [Edwards] is something I'll remember for a lifetime. Practicing against the best competition in the country is something that I'm glad I was able to experience. But honestly, the chance to play with some of my IMG teammates one last time and represent my home state of Ohio was my favorite part.
Overall, the All-American experience is everything you could imagine and more. I look forward to watching the upcoming classes participate and join this great fraternity.
God Bless and GO BUCKS!
- Marcus Williamson